Youngstown State Penguins (4-2) at Cleveland State Vikings (3-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Wolstein Center)
The Line: Cleveland State Vikings PK -- Over/Under: 142 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Youngstown State Penguins and the Cleveland State Vikings meet in college basketball action from Wolstein Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Youngstown State Penguins come into this one looking to bounce back after falling to 4-2 with an 87-69 loss to Cleveland State last time out. Shemar Rathan-Mayes led the Penguins with 17 points while Garrett Covington added 13 points as the only other Youngstown State player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Naz Bohannon and Michael Akuchie each had a team-high 9 rebounds with Akuchie adding 7 points with 3 blocks while Daniel Ogoro dished out a team-high 3 assists. Bohannon leads Youngstown State in scoring with 15.2 points per game while Akuchie is the Penguins’ leading rebounder with 8.8 rebounds per game and Quisenberry leads YSU in assists with 2.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Youngstown State is averaging 72.3 points on 39.4% shooting from the field, 26.6% from behind the arc and 68.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.2 points on 46.7% shooting from the field and 35.2% shooting from 3-point range this season.
The Cleveland State Vikings will look to add to their current three-game winning streak after their victory over Youngstown State last time out. Torrey Patton led the Vikings with 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting with a team-high 6 rebounds while Dmol Hodge added 14 points with a pair of blocks and Chris Greene added 13 points with a pair of steals to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Cleveland State in the win. Yahel Hill and Tre Gomillion each had a team-high 4 assists with Gomillion added 9 points with 6 rebounds and Hill chipping in 8 points. Deante Johnson added 6 points with 6 boards of his own and a pair of steals as well. Hodge leads Cleveland State in scoring with an average of 16.6 points per game while Patton leads the Vikings in rebounding with 6.7 rebounds per game and Gomillion leads the Vikings in assists with 2.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Cleveland State is averaging 67.8 points on 43.8% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 70.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 74.7 points on 43.3% shooting from the field and 33.1% from 3-point range this season.
Youngstown State is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games. Cleveland State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 19-6-2 ATS in the last 27 meetings between these two teams.
I know with a lot of these back-to-back scenarios, we usually see the team that lost not only bounce back with a cover but a lot of times they're winning outright. With that said, I just don't see an angle where the Penguins keep this one within the number as Cleveland Stats's simply playing the much better ball right now, winners of three straight. I'll lay the bucket with the Vikings in this one.